Cosatu ready to sign on dotted line over minimum wage deal

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it has been given the go ahead to sign on the R20 per hour national minimum wage which is due to take effect from May 2018.

We've been told that we can go back to Nedlac and sign the deal.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson

Last month, parties at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) were ready to seal the deal but Cosatu put brakes on signing the R20 p/h minimum wage agreement.

The signing was postponed and Cosatu asked for time to present the report Central Executive Committee (CEC).

The federation held a briefing in Braamfontein earlier on Thursday following its CEC meeting.

Cosatu National Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says the CEC has asked that there is a medium-term target to help achieve a decent minimum wage within a certain time frame.

Pamla also explains that Cosatu will push for an annual minimum wage increase that considers factors beyond just inflation.

We do have a mandate. We are going to go back and sign.

Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu National Spokesperson

Cosatu also addressed various issues including the ANC's succession debate, the Sassa saga, Brian Molefe's new MP title and more.

Cosatu publicly endorsed deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC president and called on Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to either resign or be axed over the social grant fiasco.

Take a listen to Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla explain why Cyril Ramaphosa should lead the ANC:


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
New union federation will be a force to reckon with, says Vavi

New union federation will be a force to reckon with, says Vavi

A new workers’ federation, as an alternative to Cosatu, will be launched on the last weekend of March says leader Zwelinzima Vavi.

Divided views on impact of minimum wage on economy, unemployment

Divided views on impact of minimum wage on economy, unemployment

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the minimum wage of R20 per hour is expected to be implemented by May 2018.

Minimum wage to cause job opportunity loss - UCT Social Science Research Centre

Minimum wage to cause job opportunity loss - UCT Social Science Research Centre

SA's R20 per hour minimum wage may mean we will lose out on low-skill manufacturing jobs that are soon to leave China.

We don't expect Cosatu to come against R20 p/h minimum wage- Labour Department

We don't expect Cosatu to come against R20 p/h minimum wage- Labour Department

Labour Department DG Thobile Lamati says they are working on resolving issues raised by Cosatu before implementation in May 2018.

Numsa rejects R20 p/h minimum wage

Numsa rejects R20 p/h minimum wage

Numsa general secretary, Irvin Jim, says ANC is not serious about needs of workers and radical transformation of the economy.

Cosatu puts brakes on signing of R20 p/h minimum wage deal

Cosatu puts brakes on signing of R20 p/h minimum wage deal

Cosatu want details from government on how the minimum wage will be enforced and how the wage will be determined across sectors.

Popular articles
'Banned ANC delegates have shot themselves in the foot, got what they deserved'

'Banned ANC delegates have shot themselves in the foot, got what they deserved'

Deputy Editor of Financial Mail, Sikonathi Mantshantsha says branches were warned but did not listen, and he has no sympathy.

Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Vice-Chancellor of Wits University Adam Habib says Zuma's promise requires about R40 billion in order to be fulfilled.

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

Listen to what President Zuma had to say on Friday at the #ANC54 Gala Dinner ahead of the elective conference.

JUST IN: Some delegates barred from voting #ANC54

JUST IN: Some delegates barred from voting #ANC54

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced that some delegates will not be able to vote in this weekend's elective conference.

Van Damme: De Lille has until Monday to respond to maladministration claims

Van Damme: De Lille has until Monday to respond to maladministration claims

The DA has suspended Patricia de Lille from party activities but Eusebius McKaiser says its statement 'is clear as mud'.

LISTEN: Father of drowned toddler speaks of dangers and heartbreak

LISTEN: Father of drowned toddler speaks of dangers and heartbreak

Connor Weber, fell unnoticed into a bin of water and drowned.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.